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Summer events diary

From festivals perched atop rugged cliff tops to sailing regattas and celebrations of local produce, the North Cornwall social calendar is bursting with vibrant local events. Check out our top picks.

Rock, North Cornwall

The Belly and Swelly Sessions

Baby Bay, Polzeath, 13 July

The Belly and Swelly Sessions take place on Baby Bay and is set to be a day full of fun and laughter in the waves. There will be a belly board competition, a fancy dress swell board session, live acoustic music and food supplied by the Taco Boys. There's even an after party at the Rum Bar.  

Bellyboarders on Polzeath beach, North Cornwall
Swelly and Belly Sessions, Baby Bay, Polzeath, North Cornwall Photo courtesy of Swelly & Belly Sessions
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Padstow to Rock Swim

Padstow, 14 July

This scenic charity swim started in the 70's and raises money for Marie Curie. The one-mile course runs from Padstow across the Camel Estuary to Rock. The swim offers competent swimmers the unique opportunity of a one-mile open water swim in the popular Camel Estuary under controlled conditions. 

Padstow to Rock Swim, Rock, North Cornwall
Swimmers ready for the Padstow to Rock swim in aid of Marie Curie Photo courtesy of Padstow to Rock Swim
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Camel Sailing Week

Rock, 27 July & 10 August

The highlight of the sailing year, Junior Camel Week (27 - 31 July) and Camel Week (10 - 15 August) are run by Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club. The estuary will be full of sailors from near and far competing in various races throughout the week, making the most of Rock's varied and challenging venue.

Camel sailing Week, Rock, North Cornwall
Camel sailing Week, Rock, North Cornwall
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St Endellion Summer Music Festival

St Endellion, 30 July - 09 August

The 61st summer festival brings together a wide range of musicians from all over the world to perform opera, choral, orchestral, chamber and recital concerts in the intimate atmosphere of St Endellion Church.

St Endellion Church, North Cornwall
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The Point Beer & Music Festival

Polzeath, 02 & 03 August

​In its sixth year The Point Beer Festival celebrates locally produced beers and ales. With live music provided by local bands, it's the perfect opportunity to sample Tarquin's Gin, Knightor Wines and of course the ales and beers of St Austell Brewery.

The Point at Polzeath Beer and Music Festival, Polzeath, North Cornwall Photo courtesy of The Point at Polzeath
The Point at Polzeath Beer and Music Festival, Polzeath, North Cornwall Photo courtesy of The Point at Polzeath
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Boardmasters Surf & Music Festival

Watergate Bay, Newquay, 07 - 11 August

Perched on the cliffs overlooking Watergate Bay, the Boardmasters site is one of the most scenic festival backdrops around. With an action-packed line-up of surfing and international music acts, you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere during the day and party into the night as the sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean.

Boardmasters Surf and Music Festival, Watergate Bay, North Cornwall Photo courtesy of Boardmasters Festival
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Sky Bar

Polzeath, 16 & 17 August

At Sky Bar, fresh cocktails, DJs, live music, great food and stunning views come together to create the perfect aprés sea party atmosphere. Sky Bar tours around and will be located at The Point at Polzeath for Funkin Disco Friday on 16 August and Beach House Saturday on 17 August. 

SkyBar at Polzeath, North Cornwall Photo courtesy of SkyBar
SkyBar at Polzeath, North Cornwall Photo courtesy of SkyBar
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Fisherman's Friends - Platt gigs

Port Isaac - throughout summer

The natural amphitheatre of Port Isaac beach provides the back-drop to these informal gigs. On Friday nights the Fisherman's Friends gather on the Platt (harbour) to sing the sea shanties that have made them famous.

Fisherman's Friends gig in Port Isaac, North Cornwall
Fisherman's Friends in Port Isaac, North Cornwall Photo courtesy of Fisherman's Friends
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If you'd like to join us for any of these summer events, we can help you find the perfect base. Take a look at our availability here or give our friendly team a call on 01208 869090. 


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